Velazquez vs. Kurzon in District 7 Dem primary

Lopsided rivalry heats up in Brooklyn congressional primary

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It’s power versus attorney.

Incumbent Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D–Brooklyn) is facing off in Tuesday’s Democratic primary with Dumbo attorney Jeff Kurzon, a political neophyte who has his work cut out for him. Kurzon has been spending the last few days before the primary pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and delivering his spiel to whoever will listen. The upstart candidate is banking on a resurgence of Occupy-Wall-Street sentiment, saying that his opponent’s position on the House Financial Services Committee is proof of her allegiance to big banks.

“Washington has been bought by special interests, and people are feeling it,” Kurzon said. “I think this is an opportunity for the citizens of New York to send Washington a message that they work for us.”

For all his bluster, Kurzon does not have a chance in hell, a veteran Democratic strategist said.

“He’d be better off saving his money and buying two houses,” Hank Sheinkopf said. “He has no name ID, no money, and no arguments — but other than that he’s fine.”

The challenger’s problem is nothing personal; it is just that he is a challenger, the operative explained.

“When people think they can eject the incumbent, they’re delusional,” he said.

If Velazquez is worried, her campaign finances don’t show it — her operation has doled out a hefty chunk of its cash to other political organizations, according to our pals at the TimesLedger of Queens. The campaign gave away $230,550, of its reported $554,671, including $197,500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the TimesLedger reported.

Kurzon might look for inspiration to another long-shot primary candidate who made national news two weeks ago. David Brat, a tea-party-backed challenger, stunned pols and commentators on June 11 when he unseated House majority leader Eric Cantor (R–Virginia) despite the fact that national media outlets largely ignored Brat and Cantor outspent the political novice by 40 to 1.

Voting in Brooklyn’s District 7 Democratic congressional primary will be open on Tuesday from 6 am to 9 pm. Locate your polling place by visiting

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Quotes from Hank Sheinkopf added
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Reasonable discourse

Wally from Williamsburg says:
This dummy is saying that Velazquez' position on a committee makes her a tool of somebody? He has absolutely no concept of how government works, clearly!

If you ain't on a committee, you're not in government!
June 23, 2014, 1:12 pm
Dimocrit from Wally's World says:
Wally what committee are you on?
June 23, 2014, 8:04 pm
John from Sunset Park says:
Would it have been to much work for reporter to give some details about challenger? How mucg money has he spent?
June 24, 2014, 2:22 am
Wally from Williamsburg says:
Thanks, Dim, for making my point. But are you being funny or are you also ignorant of the structure of government?
June 24, 2014, 11:40 am
Raj from Williamsburg says:
Defeat the corrupt Velazquez !
June 24, 2014, 1:25 pm
Carlos from Bushwick says:
@ Wally, If you look at the incumbent's campaign finances you will notice her contributions are not from her constituents but from banks and large corporations who benefit from her sitting in the House Financial Services Committee. It's not about liking someone its the facts that speak for themselves. P.S. ask her where she
June 25, 2014, 1:17 pm

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